Warhammer 40,000 Faction Focus: Imperial Agents

We have Reecius, from the SoCal Open, back again today to discuss some of the Imperium’s more specialised agents and warriors: the Inquisition, Officio Assassinorum and Adepta Sororitas.

Reece helps runs some of the biggest independent Warhammer 40,000 events in the world, including the Las Vegas Open and the recently announced Southern California Open. Like Frankie, he’s also been part of the playtest team for the new edition of Warhammer 40,000, putting in hundreds of hours to make sure this new edition will be great for all you gamers out there (Thanks Reece!).

He knows what he’s talking about when it comes to Warhammer 40,000, so let’s see what he has so say…

Previously, these factions ranged in efficacy on the tabletop and some of them were very rarely seen, such as Adepta Sororitas – apart from Celestine had a surge in popularity recently. The Inquisition was a bit of a mixed bag, with Coteaz making or a solo Inquisitor with Servo Skulls making occasional visits to the battlefield, but not much more. However, that is all about to change.

The Officio Assassinorum particularly have had quite a ramp up. They all come in at very reasonable points costs for matched play and have interesting and fun abilities. The Vindicare is a truly deadly sniper with his ability to ignore cover and invulnerable saves on a gun that is AP -3 and always wounds Infantry on a 2+ with D3 damage (or D6 on a 6 to wound!). However, the award for most improved goes to the Eversor, who’s always been my favourite of the Assassins. He now can appear from reserves anywhere on the table more than 9″ away from enemy models but charges 3d6″. When combined with Command Points, he has a very high likelihood of making a charge from reserves and when he arrives, and in melee he packs a wallop!

The Inquisition also offers a lot of tools for the Imperial player’s arsenal. Many of the same faces are there still, and Coteaz particularly still offers up a great toolset, although it is now much more focussed in application. His rule Spy Network (similar to his older rule, I’ve Been Expecting You) now allows you to fire on an enemy unit that is deployed after the game begins — such as Terminators coming in via Teleport Strike — but only with a friendly Inquisition unit within 6″ of him. However, as almost no other units in the game have this ability, it is quite a powerful tactical advantage. A unit of Jokaero Weaponsmiths or Acolytes with plasma guns can make short work of a unit that your opponent thought would be positioned to pounce!

The most exciting part of this article though, I have saved for last. The Adepta Sororitas are absolutely fantastic in the new version of Warhammer 40,000.

They now boast some powerful tools such as their Iconic rule, Acts of Faith which triggers on a 2+ roll at the beginning of your turn. If you pass, one of your units gets to use an Act of Faith which ranges from a free move, free shooting phase, free round of melee, or the regeneration of D3 wounds for a previously slain model in a unit. This gives you a huge amount of efficiency and flexibility from your units. They all have the very good Shield of Faith rule which not only gives you a 6+ invulnerable save but allows a limited version of Deny the Witch to every unit with it.

That said, a single Act of Faith would seem a bit limiting, right? Well fret not, you can get as many as you want. Celestine grants an automatic Act of Faith to a unit within 6″. Imagifiers also grant you an additional Act of Faith to a unit within 6″ on a 4+. This gives you a scalable strategy to get the most out of your very awesome special rules.

Speaking of Celestine, she is absolutely incredible. She boosts the Shield of Faith save of nearby Adepta Sororitas units by 1 (typically to a 5+ invulnerable save). Combine this with the Seraphim Squad’s Angelic Visage special rule to re-roll their Shield of Faith save and you have some tough cookies! Celestine also comes with regenerating bodyguards, the Geminae Superia and if that were not enough, once per game after being slain, she can come back with full health on a 2+ roll. She is a phenomenal character and will be seen in nearly every Adepta Sororitas collection.

Adepta Sororitas also benefit from some powerful vehicles. The Immolator especially is incredible. It not only transports 6 models but also packs a mean weapon, the immolation flamer, which has the standard flamer style rule with auto-hits, with 2D6 Strength 5, AP -1 shots with a 12″ range. But, even better, it is an Assault weapon, meaning the vehicle can advance and still fire! That is truly powerful in the new Warhammer 40,000. Combine this with a Dominion Squad with 4 meltaguns and you have a potent combination of anti infantry and anti tank/monster firepower.

The Penitent Engine is another potent vehicle dramatically improved from previous versions. They are improved on a basic level due to the changes to how vehicles work, and they are no longer in danger of getting taken out from a single shot in most cases. Defence aside, they really shine in the offence department. With 2 heavy flamers, they can plow through units and have excellent overwatch capabilities. In melee, they get 4 Attacks at Strength 10, AP -3 dealing 3 Damage each. But where it really gets crazy is when they pile in and attack again in combat on a 4+! Save a Command Point re-roll for this bad boy and watch this unit tear enemy units to shreds.

There’s much more to discuss, but suffice it to say that the forces of the Imperium have a wide variety of tools available to them with these excellent factions!

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